With lots of talk about the new I-66 “inside the Beltway” tolls for the past few weeks, the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) wants to share one way you can avoid those tolls.
According to a release, “those who live in Gainesville and Manassas have direct OmniRide bus routes serving Washington, D.C.; the Pentagon; and the Tysons Corner Metro Station. The newest of those routes is the Gainesville to Pentagon OmniRide service, which started in December 2016 thanks to full funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC).”
The route is currently averaging 250 passengers per day, and PRTC expects that number to increase.
NVTC is planning to use some of the toll revenues to fund more bus service, ride sharing, and to build additional commuter parking lots. According to a release, three new lots are planned between Haymarket and Manassas.
More on avoiding I-66 tolls, from a release:
Another option to avoid the I-66 tolls is to join a carpool or vanpool. Any vehicle with at least two occupants travels for free in the HOT lanes during rush hours. So how do people find someone to rideshare with? They use OmniMatch, a free ride-matching service! Simply fill out some basic information about your commute and OmniMatch will submit it into a regional database and then contact you with a list of carpools or vanpools that fit your needs.
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